In July, the Law Student Podcast sat down with Sen. Lindsey Graham, who suspended his campaign for the Republican party presidential nomination today. He talked with hosts Fabiani Duarte and Madison Burke about his background and his thoughts on several topics in the law. Here’s a sampling:
On Public Service Loan Forgiveness:
“I think it’s a good inducement to get people to go to rural areas, poor areas, to provide legal services We do that with medical professionals.”
On joining the JAG Corps:
“I wanted to fly, and I couldn’t fly. My hearing went bad. I was thinking about being a lawyer for a long time. Being an Air Force JAG was the single best thing I think I’ve ever done. I got to wear the uniform of my country, I’ve been a military prosecutor, defense attorney, judge.”
On being a lawyer and member of Congress:
“Being somebody’s advocate is a great reward and a great responsibility.”
Graham has served in the Senate since 2003. Prior to that, he graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1977, received his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1981, and served in the United States Air Force from 1982 to 1988. He then continued his military service through the South Carolina Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves, eventually attaining the rank of colonel.